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Posted 3/17/17 at 8:24 PM | Mark Ellis

Child receives shoebox gift, mom finds ‘a kind of love that doesn’t exist in Islam’

Samaritan's Purse
Clinton and his mother, Mary, in front of church

By Mark Ellis

God began to draw the child’s heart away from Islam even before he received his shoebox gift. As he learned that Jesus was more than a prophet, his mother became intrigued by what he shared, and a powerful love she had never known.

“We moved from my hometown to Meru and all the people in our neighborhood were Muslim, so we became Muslim,” Mary told Samaritan’s Purse. As a single mom, she moved there seeking a community that would help her and her son Clinton. After the move, a surprising series of events began to unfold.

In Kenya, Islam has been making gains along the coast and the northern border with Somalia, a Muslim stronghold. Meru, five hours north of Nairobi, is a major hub and common destination for transplanted Somalis.

At the nearby mosque Clinton attended with his mother, the instructors caned his legs when he mispronounced the Koran’s Arabic verses. FULL POST

Posted 3/14/17 at 7:15 PM | Mark Ellis

Christianity ‘exploding’ in Bangladesh, despite persecution

Believers in Bangladesh

By Mark Ellis

Sandwiched between India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is the third largest Muslim-majority country in the world. Often beset by floods, cyclones and tornadoes roaring through the Bengal Delta, it also has the sad distinction of ranking number one in the world for children suffering malnutrition.

Bangladesh is 89% Muslim and nearly 10% Hindu, according to the Joshua Project, with Christians numbering less than one percent.

One ministry leader, who recently completed a fact-finding trip to the country, believes Christians are being undercounted. “Christianity is much larger and growing, especially in the rural areas,” says Jim Jacobson, president of Christian Freedom International (CFI).

On his trip, Jacobson interviewed scores of indigenous Christian pastors, street evangelists, missionaries and converts to Christianity. “According to them, Christianity is on the increase and the growth is a cause of concern for the Muslim majority,” he notes. FULL POST

Posted 3/6/17 at 4:36 PM | Mark Ellis

Australia: High school principal removed after he converts to Islam, allows radicalization of students

Former Principal Chris Griffiths

By Mark Ellis

At a Muslim-majority public high school on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, a principal who converted to Islam fostered an atmosphere of increasing radicalization among the students, leading to his removal along with his deputy.

Principal Chris Griffiths and Deputy Principal Joumana Dennaoiu were both removed from their roles at Punchbowl Boys High School after an investigation by the Education Department uncovered the disturbing trend, according to the Daily Mail.

Islamic students were threatening to behead non-Muslim teachers and were openly declaring themselves ISIS sympathizers, it was alleged.

The principal – who converted to Islam in 2014 – refused to cooperate with a de-radicalization program for the school.

Following his conversion, relations between police and the school took a turn for the worse. “Students were being told that if ‘the pigs’ stop you, to film them and refuse their directions,” a senior officer told the Daily Telegraph. “The students were being led down a dangerous path by the principal. We had concerns about radicalization.” FULL POST

Posted 3/4/17 at 5:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Christian school invests $15,000 in Snapchat, reaps $24 million

Students at St. Francis

By Mark Ellis

When a student’s father at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California recommended the school invest $15,000 in a start-up company now called Snap Inc., little did they know they would reap a $24 million windfall.

It seems that high school student is the daughter of Barry Eggers, founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Snapchat’s first investor, according to the L.A. Times.

In 2012, Eggers was intrigued when he saw his two children enthralled by the new app. Eggers’ partner tracked down the founder of Snapchat, then operating the business from a Stanford dorm room.

Eggers pitched the investment idea to the board of the school and they bought into it. A short time later, Snapchat received their first investment from an outside source, totaling $500,000 — $485,000 from Lightspeed and $15,000 from the school.

When the school sold-off two-thirds of its shares at $17 apiece, it reaped a phenomenal return on their initial investment. FULL POST

Posted 3/2/17 at 12:10 PM | Mark Ellis

Protesters enraged when chaplain prays to Jesus at townhall meeting

Sen. Bill Cassidy confronts heckler

By Mark Ellis

A group of protesters erupted in anger when a chaplain prayed in Jesus’ name at the beginning of a February 22nd town hall meeting in Louisiana organized by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Shortly after Louisiana State Chaplain Michael Sprague began his prayer, many began shouting out “pray on your own time” and “let’s get on with it.” Then some hecklers at the back of the room began chanting “separation of church and state,” according to the Independent Journal Review (IJR).

Not content to merely shout down the chaplain, then they began to attack a local Vietnam war veteran who came forward to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

They screamed “we wants answers” and “do your job,” rudely interrupting the pledge. The veteran steadfastly plowed ahead until he finished his recitation.

When Sen. Cassidy reached the stage, he was also treated rudely, according to IJR. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/17 at 3:33 PM | Mark Ellis

Pastor cried out to Jesus, found protection during massive quake

Houses turned to rubble by Gujarat earthquake

By Mark Ellis

It was one of the deadliest earthquakes in India’s history, with some villages near the epicenter disappearing completely. One pastor and his team were beginning a mission conference in a five-story hotel only a short distance away. He believes his heartfelt cry to Jesus brought protection for him and his team.

“Around 20,000 people died,” Pastor John recalls of the Gujarat earthquake that hit at 8:46 in the morning on January 26, 2001. Pastor John ministers with Bibles4Mideast.

More than 170,000 were injured and a million left homeless. Many historical buildings were flattened by the 7.7 temblor.

Some structures fell like playing cards, and property damage totaled nearly $8 billion.

“We were about to begin a three-day missionary conference in a hotel in Ghandhidham,” he notes. “Thirty-five pastors had travelled from different parts of India to take part, and had rooms on several floors of the five-story hotel.” FULL POST

Posted 2/27/17 at 6:46 PM | Mark Ellis

No news on YWAM missionary kidnapped in Africa

Jeffrey Woodke

By Mark Ellis

Four months ago, longtime YWAM missionary Jeffery Woodke, was kidnapped by armed terrorists in the West African nation of Niger.

On October 14, kidnappers rode up to his home in Abalak on motorbikes, shot his bodyguard and housekeeper and took Woodke captive. Before they departed, Woodke was forced to strip down to his underwear.

The terrorist group who abducted him is thought to be the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an Al-Qaida linked group.

Jeff Woodke’s home church is Arcata First Baptist Church (AFBC), which stands next to Humboldt State University in northern California, where Woodke gave his life to Christ as a student.

“Jeff’s passion in providing humanitarian aid to those who are amongst the poorest in the world, coupled with his desire to see God’s Kingdom advanced in a largely Muslim world has played a large part in the life and ministry of AFBC,” the church stated on their website. FULL POST

Posted 2/27/17 at 3:38 PM | Mark Ellis

What Paul can teach us about facing persecution

Berkeley riot

By Mark Ellis

Earlier this month, a polarizing and provocative Jewish conservative was due to speak at UC Berkeley, but a peaceful protest turned into a riot, with bricks, rocks, and fireworks thrown, fires set, stores looted, and police barricades used as battering rams to breach the venue where this man was about to speak.

Under police escort, this controversial speaker had to be evacuated from the scene for his own protection, or he might have been torn apart by the mob.

That description is not much different from what happened to another polarizing and provocative Jewish speaker, the Apostle Paul, who seemed to stir up riots in many of the places he spoke some two thousand years ago.

What could have been so controversial? Why were people so riled up?

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave us a mission: to make disciples among every nation and people group throughout the world, to baptize them, and teach them to observe his commands. FULL POST

Posted 2/22/17 at 6:23 PM | Mark Ellis

The rise of the religious ‘nones’ and why they may never return to church

Reason rally in Washington D.C.

By Mark Ellis

Since the early 90s, millions have left the church and they may not be returning, according to a disturbing report by Dr. Anthony Horvath, the director of Athanatos Christian Ministries.

“Numerous studies show that around 1990, the number of ‘religious nones’ increased from roughly 8% of the adult population to 25%, today,” Horvath notes. “Tens of millions of people left Christianity in just two decades. Clearly, something isn’t right.”

‘Nones’ are people who tell pollsters that they have no religious affiliation.

Horvath recently released a report titled, “Faith and Family Under Fire: Why Apologetics is Failing in the 21st Century.”

In the early phase of this trend, those who left the church said they had not lost interest in spirituality.

But in the last decade the ‘nones’ seem to have completely jettisoned spirituality. “There is a new dynamic and it does not bode well,” Horvath notes. “In the last 10 years they have turned against Christianity and are increasingly hardened toward religion in general.” FULL POST

Posted 2/20/17 at 3:10 PM | Mark Ellis

DNA error correction points to existence of God

Brian Johnson with South Dakota Apologetics

By Mark Ellis

At the macroscopic level, the heavens declare the glory of God, the psalmist declares. But at the microscopic level, the same glorious handiworks of a Creator are displayed in wondrous ways.

“The molecular machines that are working inside each of our bodies at this moment scream of a designer,” Brian Johnson, one of the founders of South Dakota Apologetics, told writer and apologist Sean McDowell recently.

Those intricate, highly complex machines inside the cell are something Darwin could not see when he developed his evolutionary theories.

“If more Christians understood the beautiful structure of how the different processes within our bodies function I know it would not only strengthen their faith but would give them a much greater sense of just how amazing God’s creation really is,” he noted.

Sadly, many students are not exposed to the evidence for Intelligent Design since most pubic schools only teach Darwinian evolution. FULL POST

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